Former Mount Vernon Mayor André Wallace received Community Partner Award at the Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WESTCOP)’s 57 Annual Celebration, Friday, December 9th at the VIP County Club located at 600 Davenport Avenue in New Rochelle. Wallace, President of Creative Direction Construction & Design and the National Builders Association was honored for his long history or creating a path to help people build their futures.
“This award is near and dear to my heart. But it’s important to remember you can win many awards, you can make millions of dollars, but it means nothing if we are not lifting up those around us as well,” Wallace said in his acceptance speech.
Mr. Wallace has worked with WestCop for over 15 years and has trained over 1500 youth over the past decade or so and helped over 1100 obtain good paying jobs.
“He has shown what it means to be a community partner,” WestCOP CEO Kiron Dawkins told those in attendance as he presented this award to André Wallace.
Other recipients of the Community Partner Award were Miriam Kerness of QUALITYstarsNY, Rachel C. Halperin – Chief Executive Officers of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and Anthony Vaccaro – President of Brooklyn Mechanical. Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey received the Community Leadership Award and Paulette Chappell-Warren received the Winston Ross Award.
100’s were in attendance for WestCop’s elegant gala which included a cocktail hour, welcome address from the event’s master of ceremony Jamie Roberts, acknowledgements by WestCOP’s CEO Kiron Dawkins, presentation of awards followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment – which included a live band, comedy, a salsa performance, DJ, magician and casino.